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Selecting the correct assessment

Please note: If you are in any doubt as to which assessment a candidate needs to be put forward for, you must contact the candidate’s training provider to verify.

Training Providers must ensure they register their candidates on the correct assessment for the correct apprenticeship. These are:

  • Apprenticeship Framework: AM2
  • Apprenticeship standard/trailblazer: AM2S

NET does not have access to candidate registration details and cannot check, verify or confirm which assessment a candidate needs to undertake.

Apprenticeship Standard:

Please be aware that candidates must undertake AM2S not AM2, and that EPA can only take place once the prescribed gateway checks have been approved.

Putting a candidate through the wrong assessment OR putting a candidate through EPA without satisfying the gateway checks is a serious breach of ESFA regulations. NET is required to notify all such instances to ESFA and other relevant parties for further investigation.

About the AM2S

The AM2S assessment is the End Point Assessment (EPA) for the new electrotechnical apprenticeship standard.

To confirm with government requirements, the AM2S differs slightly from the AM2 process in the following ways: 

  • An agreement between NET and the training provider must be in place before any bookings can be made or gateway checks submitted
  • The candidate self-assessment checklist is different and is a mandatory gateway check that must be submitted before an assessment can be booked
  • Other evidence is also mandatory as part of the gateway check (see below)
  • There are specific requirements around assessor capability and qualification
  • The certification process differs from AM2 (see below)

Download an infographic on differences between the AM2 and AM2S

NET’s EPA number is 0027. 

Booking an AM2S assessment 

At present, AM2S assessments cannot be booked via the main NET Assessment Booking System without prior authorisation. If you wish to book an AM2S assessment please contact support@netservices.org.uk in the first instance. 

AM2S Centres

The following centres are currently approved to deliver the AM2S Assessment. Other centres which meet the requirements to deliver AM2S will be authorised over the coming months. Please check the website for updates, or if you have a query about a specific centre’s status, contact info@netservices.org.uk:

Ashford
Birmingham – Aston
Birmingham Central
Blackpool
Bristol
Bury
Dartford
Exeter
Gateshead
Gloucester
Halifax
Harlow
Leeds
Liverpool City
Newcastle
Nottingham
Oxford
Southampton
Stoke
Worksop
Yeovil

AM2S Fees

The current recommended price for the AM2S assessment from 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 is £685.00. The recommended price from 01 April 2019 is £720.00

The recommended price for re-sits is as follows:

Assessment Section Re-sit fee (per section) Re-sit fee from 01 Apr 2019
AM2S A £370 £400
  A1, C, E £100 £110
  B, D £160 £170

Please note: Re-sit charges for each section take account of the additional resource for centres in scheduling ad hoc activity rather than entire assessments. If a candidate needs to re-sit multiple sections, the charge must not exceed the maximum recommended price for AM2 or AM2S.

Introduction of EQA Charges for Apprenticeship Standards

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) is currently tendering for a new provider of its External Quality Assurance service from May 2019. At this point, it is anticipated that a per apprentice charge will be imposed for all EPA carried out under an apprenticeship standard.

The level is yet to be confirmed although a charge in the region of £56 per apprentice has been suggested. Once the charge is confirmed, it will be mandatory for all EPA conducted after 1 May 2019, irrespective of when the assessment was booked. NET has no control over these charges and will be required to pass the charge in full to the EQA provider.

NET will add the charges to centre invoices monthly for all in scope assessments and centres will need to adjust their invoices for assessment accordingly .

We will confirm more details as soon as the amount of the charge is confirmed. Please note this applies only to NET AM2S and FESS assessments currently; AM2 assessments are not impacted.

Mandatory Evidence

The following items must be submitted as part of the gateway check before booking an AM2S assessment: 

  1. The mandatory AM2S Candidate Checklist
  2. The technical qualifications: City & Guilds 601/6299-5 or EAL 601/7345/2
  3. Maths & English Level 2

Candidate PLR

The apprentice must provide formal evidence of an achievement of an acceptable equivalent qualification. This should be in the form of an official qualification certificate from the awarding organisation, or (if the apprentice does not have a qualification certificate and cannot source a replacement from the awarding organisation), a formal notification and/or statement of results, issued by the awarding organisation or a screen shot of their Personal Learner Record which must contain apprentice details, unique learner number, qualification achieved, awarding organisation date achieved and grade awarded. 

Certification 

Please note that NET applies for the apprenticeship certificate, and not individual training providers or centers. The certification service is carried out by ESFA.

Step 1: NET completes the apprenticeship certification request once candidate has successfully achieved the AM2S.
Step 2: NET will submit the request weekly
Step 3: Validation checks are carried out on the requests submitted
Step 4: The outcome of the verification is reported back to NET
Step 5: Successful requests are processed and sent to print
Step 6: The printer will send the certificate to the apprentice’s employer by recorded delivery.

Expiry of AM2S sections

The NET board has agreed that from 1 April 2019, a 2 year time limit will be introduced for candidates to pass all required elements of an assessment. Individual sections that were passed will ‘expire’ after that time if the candidate has not successfully completed the remaining sections. A candidate can re-register but will be required to complete all sections.
 
This will apply to assessments where the first sitting takes place from 1 April 2019. Further details will be posted on the NET website along with more information on an ‘exceptional circumstances’ process associated with his change.  

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